While you were sleeping, Ireland were taking part on Day 1 of the Sydney leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series.
Ireland were drawn in a tough pool with Russia, Canada and Fiji but they have come through this task to qualify for the quarter-finals despite just winning one game.
Although Anthony Eddy’s side will be disappointed to lose two games, the stated aim before this tournament was to reach the quarter-finals so the squad can take some consolation that they achieved that.
Ireland were first up against Russia but they got off to a disappointing start when they conceded a try in the opening minute to Baizat Khamidova. Ireland hit back through a try by Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, converted by Lucy Mulhall, which meant the sides were level 7-7 going into the break but the Russians scored two further tries in the second half through Elena Zdrokova and Alena Mikhaltsova to leave Ireland on the end of a 19-7 loss.
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That victory proved crucial in the end as Ireland squeezed through to the quarter-finals where they will face New Zealand. The Black Ferns powered their way through Pool B with three victories so Ireland will certainly have a tough task on their hands if they hope to reach the semi-finals.